Re: A Happy Fan ... because I can be one
posted at 2/23/2013 1:27 PM EST
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to SinceYaz's comment:
In response to pinstripezac35's comment:
did U have a liquid lunch happy meal today yaz
here's some more happiness 4 U
from your happy pitching coach
I hope U enjoy the happiness
Nieves breaks down Sox starters
February, 20, 2013
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com
Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves, whom Gordon Edes profiles in a column now posted on ESPNBoston.com, weighs in with his thoughts on some Boston starters:
Jon Lester: "Wow. A horse. Unbelievable upside still. Stuff is there. Alterations, yes, must make some alterations. Conviction. Tough guy. My God, I never realized he was that big. I saw him really thin years ago. He's a big human. Very talented. Still, stuff is there, and I think with alterations he'll be fine. Not analyzing, conviction with alterations in delivery, trusting that will be challenge. Not more. More is not better."
Clay Buchholz: "Oh, incredibly talented guy even though I haven't seen him [live], I love what I've seen on video. Athletic, big-time contact guy. Should trust his stuff. Early contact guy. Command guy, still can throw very hard. He can get a punchout when he wants to. Can pitch under the zone early in the count so he can get a lot of groundballs. Keeps walks down. Keeps hit down per innings pitched. He should win 15 to 18 games. What a tremendous athlete."
Ryan Dempster: "Oh, he brings a lot to the table. Great sense of humor. Hard worker. You're not in big leagues 14, 16 years because you don't work. What a tremendous asset to this staff. Very serious guy but he'll also keep guys loose and relaxed, instead of uptight and wound up. He brings a lot of stability to the staff. He's a student of the game. He'll be the guy who helps [other pitchers]. A lot of guys, I'm sure, will go to him, and I advise them to do it."
Felix Doubront: "Oh, talented guy. 6-foot-4 lefty with a tremendous arm. Late in the season I saw his adjustments. He brings to the table incredible stuff. Fastball, cutter, curveball, changeup. This guy reminds me of a young CC Sabathia]. Almost the same delivery, the same build. But he has to find himself and I think the best is yet to come from him."
John Lackey: "Ohhh, he's awesome. He's in great shape. What I've seen right now, I know John [Farrell] spoke to him, was able to see him [this winter] when I was somewhere else, I am thrilled about this guy. Really thrilled. Great guy, great sense of humor, fearless. You always think as a pitching coach, what does he bring to the table after a surgery. He has enough. There's enough stuff there. You always think, does he have to change his style, is it going to take time for him to adjust from being the guy he was to a few clicks [less]. The ball is coming out great, great spin on the fastball, the ball is not cutting true, great delivery, he's back to his old delivery. It might not be 97, 98, [but] the ball is coming out easy. And we know he's a great athlete.
"As I speak here, we're healthy, if we have a chance to be healthy, it should be fun."
Heh! Thanks old friend!
My day was already made - the good wife and I are driving to Philly to pick up second son and then fly out tomorrow to see older son as he finishes Military Language School in Monterey, CA - but you made it even better!
Some guys just blow smoke, but I like what Nieves said. Thanks again!
Yaz: if you have not been to Monterey you gotta make time to see the Monterey Aquarium. Its world class. I live about 2 1/2 hours away from there and was in Monterey last weekend.
Hi Pumpsie(in a previous post I've said I'm a Marinite too and I think we talked about the Woodhouse Fish Co in SF with imported Ipswitch Clams/ Haddock etc.). When I lived in Maine I was called a Mainiac but I said we prefer Mainer or Mainite !!!
And Yaz, when we are not back East visiting family in New England for Xmas, we have been staying at Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch. It's very festive and celebrities, including Clint, are around the piano bar singing Carols. We then walk to the Basilica & go to Midnight Mass.
Ocean Ave in Carmel is very festive. Love walking on the pier in Monterey and Cannery Row. As I am Italian and have been to the Amalfi Coast, no area anywhere reminds me more of it than Rt. 1, Big Sur, San Simeon and Nepenthe's is a great place to lunch.
Mea Culpa, i'm getting to be a travel agent...still partial to seafood on the East Coast, however !!! And the Rocky Coast of Maine ain't too shabby either!